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    Is it safe to keep a freezer in an outside building?


    Unless your outside building is heated, keeping a freezer in an outside building could be risky. Here is why.

    Dangers of keeping a freezer in an outside building

    When you keep a freezer in an outside building that has no heating, low ambient temperatures could prevent the freezer from working effectively by:

    • Preventing the freezer’s condenser coil and compressor from generating adequate pressure, which reduces its cooling effect
    • Causing the lubricating oil in the compressor to thicken and/or turn into sludge, which again causes loss of pressure and subsequently reduced cooling
    • Condensation causing the compressor of software-controlled freezers to be switched off incorrectly

    Frost-free freezers kept in cold, damp conditions may also not defrost properly, again affecting their cooling efficiency.

    Why reduced cooling efficiency is dangerous

    If your food is not kept cold enough in your freezer, it may start defrosting at least partly. This, of course, exposes you to the risk of becoming infected by food poisoning bacteria. Food poisoning is unpleasant at the best of times and, in severe cases, can have serious consequences. To prevent food poisoning infections, it is therefore recommended to keep freezers in rooms with a minimum ambient temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Food poisoning at restaurants

    While it is easy enough to prevent a food poisoning infection at home, there is little you can do to prevent being infected with food poisoning at restaurants, cafés or hotels, for example. Here, it is up to the owners to ensure food is stored, handled and prepared in a manner that does not put customers at risk of being made ill.

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    Claiming compensation

    If you were made ill by food poisoning bacteria at a restaurant due to inadequate food storage of poor food hygiene standards, you could be entitled to food poisoning injury compensation. Please note that in order to claim:

    • You must set the process into motion within three years of the date your food poisoning infection was diagnosed
    • Your food poisoning illness must have been caused by someone else

    Where to get help

    You can get free, no-obligation food poisoning compensation advice and the assistance of a highly experienced 100% no-win, no-fee Accident Advice Helpline by calling our 24/7 freephone helpline. The helpline is confidential and you can call it from your mobile phone or a UK landline. The respective numbers to call are 0333 500 0993 (from a mobile) and 0800 689 0500 (from a landline).

    Date Published: May 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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